VESPER On Top In St Barths
The highly competitive racing class ( 43 – 60ft) really shined in the big swell on the first days of racing.
The fleet held tight around the marks and upwind with Jim Swartz’s TP52 Vesper, under Gavin Brady’s (NZL) careful direction, leading overall.
Vesper was tied on points for a while with Dutchman Willem Wester’s Grand Soleil 43 Antilope, which has managed several top podium finishes at Caribbean regattas this season due to having sailed part of race 1 under main alone.
Peter Cunningham’s Venomous and his all-star crew, led by tactician Tony Rey, are sailing on the powerful Farr 60, which they’re using until they move on to their “new” TP52: the ex-Russian Team Synergy.
1: “Vesper”, Jim Schwartz (Etats Unis D’am) 5 points
2: “Antilope”, Willem Wester (Hollande) 7 points
3: “Speedy Nemo”, Raymond Magras (Saint Barthelemy Yacht Club) 16 points
4: “Venemous”, Peter Cunningham (Etats Unis D’am) 20 points
5: “Mae-Lia”, Raphael Magras (Saint Barthelemy Yacht Club) 20 points